I’m always so excited when a Women At Woodstock alum shares her news of publishing success, especially when the work that was published is something I heard the author read, in person, during a workshop at one of our retreats. Ann Stoney, an alum of several past Women At Woodstock Writer’s Retreats, just sent me an email announcing not one but two stories published in literary journals.
I distinctly remember Ann sitting beside me on the couch in the Lifebridge Sanctuary library as she read a working version of “I Am Pretty. I Am Loved.” during a morning workshop for the Writer’s Colony (Track 1 of the Writer’s Retreat). On my other side was writer Anne Strauss; we were “The 3 Anns in a Row.” The whole circle of ten or so of us, all fellow writers, sat holding our manuscripts in our hands, waiting to share our words and mark up our papers with feedback that hit us as right. None of us knew if these stories we clutched would ever be published. What a thrill to see Ann’s story from that fall morning workshop living on the printed page now!
Here’s the email that Ann sent me:
Good news! My story that won Tampa Review’s Danahy Fiction prize, I am Pretty. I am Loved. is now available in print and online. Attached is the press release. Click here to access the online version, which provides an excerpt of the story—a subscription is required to read the whole thing, or you can just order the print issue, # 61/62.
In other news, my story, Holes, was recently published in Monkeybicycle, an online literary magazine, and that one is accessible for free. Click here to read it.
So despite the literary obstacles we writers encounter daily, it’s been a good year for me and I just wanted to share the news. Hope everyone is doing well, and have a great day!
Congratulations to Ann! And thanks for the inspiration and motivation for all Women At Woodstock writers!
Here’s the press release: